The second photo he is cutting straight down through the trunk so the tree will be sturdy in the stand. In past years we have put the stand on outside, but in the past two years we bought a heavier stand, so will put stand on once inside.
Both Tom and Larry took an end and carried the tree along the sidewalk and up the steps. The bulk weight of the tree of course is at the trunk end. The steps are the toughest part, along with getting it through the doorway. You want to be gentle and try to protect your branches. Once the tree is in, set it down on the floor. When you have a large tree plan on taking breaks as you carry it as this will prevent injury.
The next two steps are very important in securing the stand to the tree. Tom goes and tightened up each screw in the stand.
The second picture shows him double checking the security of the tree in the stand. Noticed how tight the fit is with the trunk of the tree and stand. This will make for a sturdy tree once it is standing.
Have any of you ever done that and two days later you come home to your tree laying flat with broken ornaments and bulbs? Our oldest daughter did that one year and so did Tom's sister. Common mistake. Always put the tree near a wall where it can be secured by the stand and the wall.
Due to the size of the tree, Tom, Larry, and myself stood the tree up. Larry and I walked the tree up with Tom on backside guiding the tree. Of course with this size tree there is weight to it. Have your strongest person where the most weight is.
Make sure you make room for the branches to sprawl out and not be too close to the wall. I also look for the balance in the room with the tree and other accents and furniture.
Another step that is very important once the tree is up and secured in the stand, reinforce the sturdiness with tieing string from a nail or hook on the wall to the tree.
In the first photo Tom is tieing the string to the nail and then around the trunk of the tree. He does this on both sides of the tree. I took down two pictures that I had on the wall and the nails come in handy for this step. The second picture is another angle of Tom tieing the string to the nail.
One final step before thinking of putting lights, ornaments, and bulbs on, water the tree.
We water the tree with hot water.
This is a good tip as it will help the branches and trunk stay healthy. Well, what do you think? These are just some simple and basic steps to putting up a holiday tree.
Now comes the best part, decorating the trees with lights, ornaments, and favorite holiday bulbs. Our tree over the years have had a traditional look to them, but there are also many other ways to decorate your own tree.
This is such a special time of year. Feel free to check out other Christmas decorating ideas. Your interior space is your place to relax and enjoy everyday living. No matter how you decorate your rooms for the holidays, bring in your own personality, and enjoy!
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